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Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Theology at Boston College, one of the leaders of last April’s Vatican 3-day International Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace will speak on the symposium and the Catholic Church's likely future positions. The symposium recommended that the Catholic Church drop its teaching of “Just War Theory” and endorse a policy of nonviolence with a teaching from the Pope. In response, Pope Francis issued a statement on January 1, the World Day of Peace in the Catholic Church, calling for all to embrace a policy of “active nonviolence” and no more war.
We will show excerpts from "Drone"and watch a video of Christopher Aaron, an ex-drone program analyst who will speak about his experiences working in Afghanistan and Iraq. Discussion with members of the UJP Anti-Drone Campaign will follow.
"Upping the Nuclear Weapons Ante: Modernizing Doomsday" will be the subject of a presentation and discussion sponsored by Newton Dialogues on Peace and War on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00PM. Few know that the US administration is making plans to spend approximately $1 Trillion over the next 30 years to modernize and upgrade our arsenal of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, at a time when we should be seeking to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Causes and Consequences of the Syrian Refugee Crisis – What We Can Do
Last November's ballot in the City of Newton included a non-binding referendum calling for the shutting down of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The official final referendum results were:
A) Yes 6168 69%
B) No 2189 31%
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A LEADING PEACE ACTIVIST IN THE UNITED STATES
Presentation by Paul Christensen, who has studied social movement politics in Russia and the Soviet Union. Professor Christensen has conducted research in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Discussion will follow.
The situation is eastern Ukraine is tragic and dangerous, with suffering and casualties for people in the region and the potential for US/NATO confrontation with Russia.
Invitation to a Special Report from the Occupied Territories: "The Gaza Crisis and Growing Palestinian Resistance: a first-hand view from the West Bank." a talk by Nora Murad. Potluck Supper, 6:00 pm, presentation and discussion 7:00 pm.
Nora Lester Murad has lived in the Occupied Territories for more than ten years and has close contacts with youth in Gaza. She was in Ramallah this July during th Israeli attack. Nora will share her information about Gaza and directions observations from the West Bank.
Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser
This free public forum on cutting military spending and better funding our communities will feature presentations by Congressman Barney Frank (D, Newton), State Representative Ruth Balser (D, Newton), and New Priorities Network coordinator Mike Prokosch.
Join members and friends of Massachusetts Action this Saturday afternoon as we review the progress in 2010 and chart the path for our work in 2011.
Ann Jones, the author who documented Afghan women's lives in the searing Kabul in Winter, will speak on ending the Afghanistan war and Afghan women's human rights.
Meet new friends and old ones for a social evening!
With music by Ali Amr and Tareq Rantisi
Admission $10; bring a potluck dish or beer, wine or other beverage.
The party will be held in West Newton. Call 617-383-4UJP or email firstname.lastname@example.org for address and directions.
Music by Ali Amr and Tareq Rantisi.
Memorial March for Peace
Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting